Thursday, December 20, 2007
The Perils of Paid Obits
Posted by Grace
Paid obituaries have the strange distinction of being considered matter of record even when the newspaper's editors have absolutely no power over their content. Editor & Publisher put up a humorous description
of the errors that can be found when families write death notices. For example:
"One descendant's obit claimed his ancestry could be traced back to the Vikings (an honest mistake; I got suckered by that Web site too). Another claimed to be a descendant of George Washington—not good news to Martha, as she and George had no children."
Lesson learned: Take obituaries with a grain of salt. Click here to read the story.
Thursday, December 20, 2007 4:14:27 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)